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PER Diem: April 17, 2009

Using the computers to determine the most likely outcome in each round of the playoffs

Originally Published: April 16, 2009
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

The playoffs start on Saturday, so it's time to set the computers spinning and get down to the nitty-gritty.

Thus, a bit of a double feature: I'm giving you who I'm picking and why, and will also tell you what our Playoff Odds tool thinks. We had it play out the postseason 5,000 times, and based on each team's final Hollinger Power Ranking and accounting for home-court advantage, it reported back to us.

We put our thumb on the scale only once, adjusting Boston's Power ...

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